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I love wolves. It is one of the most magnificent animals in North America. When I lived in Alaska – I spent 15 years there – I spent a lot of time in wolf country and was able to learn a lot about them. They are beautiful, intelligent, strong, fast and unmatched as predators of game, large and small. It is rare for wolves to be hunted as food, although historically, humans have resorted to eating wolf meat in times of shortage or for medical reasons. The European Union has exceptionally allowed Estonia, which has the highest density of wolves in the EU, to continue wolf hunting as long as the total number remains stable. In 2010, 173 wolves were allowed to be shot, but only 130 were captured. [56] In 2011, 149 of the 150 licensed wolves were killed. [57] Lawsuits to restore protection for the gray wolf, with plaintiffs such as Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, and the Humane Society of the U.S. were already dismissed in January, when governments changed.

At the time, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Vanessa Kauffman said in a statement that the gray wolf “exceeded all conservation goals for recreation.” The new laws will likely come into effect for next year`s hunting season. Bullis reflects on this, saying, “I don`t want to kill everything – and I don`t want to be seen as someone who doesn`t do things with integrity and respect for animals. This war against wolves has sparked a fight between hunters that we don`t need,” he concludes. “I have to testify if I could be in the woods.” In Wisconsin, hunters killed 218 wolves in February, crossing their limit of 119 wolves, according to the Associated Press. Wildlife officials set a limit of 300 animals for wolf hunting this fall after the Department of Natural Resources Council voted 5-2 last Wednesday to lift the department`s recommendation to limit killings to 130, the AP reported. Not all news about wolves is bad. On February 10, 2022, a federal judge restored endangered status for wolves in adjacent states outside the Northern Rockies. Officials from the state of Montana and Idaho said that as new laws advance wolf hunting, steps are being taken to maintain a significant population. Designating wolves under the law would protect them from extinction by prohibiting animal hunting. At this point, the Biden administration`s only action (aside from defending Trump`s removal) has been a year-long review of the wolf`s status, as if to prove that eliminating most of the population is bad for a recovering species.

In India, Hindus traditionally considered wolf hunting, even dangerous, a taboo for fear of causing a bad harvest. However, the Santals, like any other animal in the forest, considered them fair game. [27] In 1876, 2,825 wolves were killed in the northwestern provinces and the state of Bihar in British India in response to 721 fatal attacks on humans. [28] Two years later, 2,600 wolves were killed in response to attacks, killing 624 people. [29] Wolf extermination remained a priority in the NWP and Awadh until the 1920s because wolves reportedly killed more people than any other predator in the area. Females were awarded for 12 Indian Annas, while males were awarded for 8. Higher rewards of 5 rupees for each adult and one for each cub were preferred in Jaunpur. In Gorakhpur, where the number of deaths was highest in summer, the reward for an adult wolf was 4 rupees, for a young 3. Scams were quite common, with some bounty hunters presenting golden jackals or simply exhuming bounty wolf bodies and presenting them to unsuspecting judges as a reward.

In total, it is estimated that up to 100,000 wolves were killed in British India between 1871 and 1916. [28] Wolves are often hunted for their fur. The color of a wolf skin can vary, from the pure white of the largest Alaskan wolves to the reddish-brown area. Even so-called “gray wolves” can include all-black puppies in a litter, although gray is the most common color. Wolves have two types of hair; an outer layer of long, stiff hair called “protective hair” and a soft fur “undercoat” that thickens in winter and helps insulate your body from the cold. This coat has the advantage of not freezing. The five-inch (130 mm) guard hairs, fallen out in spring and summer, are waterproof and keep the wolf`s undercoat dry and warm. The coat of the undercoat can be nearly two and a half inches thick and help keep a wolf warm even at temperatures 40 degrees below zero. [93] Wolves in warm climates have shorter protective hairs and less dense undercoat. [34] In some parts of medieval Europe, furs were the only viable ones for wolves. The skins were usually transformed into cloaks or mittens, not without hesitation, because of the strong smell of the wolf.

[8] Wolf skins were important to many Native American tribes and were considered by some to be a powerful medicine. The sacred objects were wrapped in wolf skin, and some tribes also woven wolf and American bison hair together in small blankets. Native American hunters used wolf skins as a disguise so they could pursue nearby buffalo herds. Bison were accustomed to letting wolves run among them and did not fear wolves unless they were vulnerable due to illness, injury or when guarding their young. Wolf skins were also valuable as clothing, items for trade and for neck collars or coats. They were also used in ritual dances and worn by some shamans or healers. [93] Tundra-dwelling wolves are particularly popular because their furs are more lush than those of forest wolves and sometimes sell for twice as much.